Six railway operators launch English map for tourists

The Japan Times

East Japan Railway Co. and Tokyo Metro Co. are among six railway operators that have created an English railway map to help tourists reach major sightseeing spots in and around Tokyo. Shown on the front side of the A3-size map, called Tokyo Sightseeing Map, are railway routes and illustrations of tourist spots such as Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Skytree and the Roppongi Hills commercial complex, with each spot connected to the nearest train station by a dotted line. On the reverse side are instructions on how to buy and charge smart transit cards, and notes on train etiquette. The railway map will be distributed for free at major train stations from Saturday. The other four operators are Yurikamome Inc., Tokyo Monorail Co., Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Inc. and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's bureau of transportation.


Tokyo Metro training railway personnel in Philippines

The Japan Times

MANILA – Tokyo Metro Co. has begun helping train railway personnel in the Philippines as part of bilateral government efforts to develop urban rail networks in the country, according to the subway operator. The three Japanese firms are responsible for drawing up personnel training schemes and programs as well as nurturing skilled local instructors through June 2023, aiming to enable locals to smoothly operate and maintain city railroad networks, Tokyo Metro said. Tokyo Metro "intends to provide a wide range of support to build a safe and convenient city railroad system," a spokesman told NNA. Japan's development aid agency has discussed setting up a governmental training institute designed to boost local expertise and skills with the Philippine government such as train operations, railway building and wiring technologies, according to JICA.


Yamanashi governor looks to draw up Mt. Fuji railway plan in 2 years

The Japan Times

Gov. Kotaro Nagasaki, who was elected in January, said he will set up a panel of experts, possibly in late June, to study the details of the plan including the route and also its impact on the economy and environment. Railway plans on the 3,776-meter volcanic mountain emerged in the past but never materialized, partly due to concerns about the potential environmental impact caused by construction. At present, visitors can only get to the fifth station by bus or private car. "I pledged to build a railway on Mount Fuji during the election campaign (in January) and the idea won wide public support," Nagasaki said after a meeting on the plan was held in Tokyo. "I will do my best to carry out my promise."


Panel proposes new, faster Haneda-Narita subway line

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A subcommittee of a Japanese transport ministry panel on Thursday broadly approved a draft report that calls for, among other things, constructing a new bypass subway line in central Tokyo to help shorten the time needed to travel between Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture. The Council for Transport Policy will submit the report to Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii by the end of this month, after soliciting opinions from outside experts and the public until April 14. The report will be made after the transport ministry referred to the council for discussions a set of measures to improve the railway network in the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is the first time in 16 years that the ministry has come up with a new plan to upgrade the railway network in the greater Tokyo area. The ministry drafted a total of 24 projects, aiming to tackle such challenges as improving access to the two major international airports and easing congestion on trains by around 2030.


Tokyo railway 'deeply sorry' after train leaves 20 seconds early

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A railway operator has issued a sincere apology for the "tremendous nuisance" caused by a train departing 20 seconds early, surprising even a nation renowned for both punctuality and politeness.